Ben Raemers Memorial Bench at Victoria skatepark

£14,525 of £1,500 goal

Raised by 751 people in 1 month

I don't think Ben's reach within skateboarding and our community is any surprise as the story's of everyone who crossed paths with him are the same. 

A kind hearted pleasant chap who would take the time of day to hear you out and raise the spirt's of anyone he was with wether you'd known him for years or minutes. 

On most days if you made your way down to Victoria skatepark you would find Ben enjoying himself flying round the bowl bringing an atmosphere of fun and good times. 

His influence was global with the community was immense and you'd be hard pressed to find a better role model, friend, brother or son. So in memory of Ben i'd like to raise enough money to have a memorial bench installed in Victoria skatepark to make sure the space stays synonymous with the name Ben Raemers for generations to come.

Im still waiting to hear back from the management at Victoria Park in regards to their pricing structure for something like this but if theres any money left over it will be donated to a fitting charity.

My names Jack Brooks from London and I started this page initially just to raise money to have a bench installed in Victoria skatepark in my friend Ben's honour but after the fund has now earn't way over the total the money donated can go towards helping a lot of people. After the bench has been covered a portion of the fund will go towards ben's family for any expenses they may have at this time and then the remainder of the money will be donated to a worthy charity something more than likely helping people with mental health and offering support for anyone that doesn't have it.  No charities have been chosen at this time but I've been in touch with Ben's family so they can have input into which causes the money will best be suited to help.  Once charities have been chosen I will update this page to let you all know to which causes. Thank you so much for all you're contributions and the Raemers have sent their love and thanks to everyone.
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Thank you for the overwhelming support from friends and family the world over! The application for the bench has officially been submitted now and there will be a meeting with the Council to determine the location of the bench but they have provisionally said there would be no problem with the location being the skatepark.

Just to clarify the bench wont be skateable as it needs to in keep with the parks aesthetic and regulations. Thank you for everyone who got in touch offering their help to build a bench and the many other ideas.

I had a brief conversation with the council to see if the space can be renamed also but this is a much longer process but they said there's a possibility so more on that once Ive heard back.

Lastly no charities have been chosen at this time but at the appropriate time one or more will be chosen by friends and family of Ben.

Once again a big thank you to everyone whose donated so far and I will keep you updated once I have more information.

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Within 2 hours of posting we have smashed the target! Thank you so much to everyone for their kind donations! Ive spoken to the park management today who've provisionally said a bench with a plaque will cost £1150 plus VAT. Any further donations will go towards either Ben's families expenses or a suitable charity. Love to all of you x

Suggestions for the plaque welcome! I would lean towards "Its a lovely day, the birds are singing, the sun is shining - what more could you ask for?"
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